Beatrice

Beatrice was born in Nottingham, fostered in Chertsey during the Second World War and went to the Foundling Hospital at Berkhamsted.  On leaving school she returned to her foster family and worked in a number of different jobs.  She has three daughters and is now living in Australia with her husband.

Beatrice

Illegitimate, so had to go

Audio Transcript

Then I got a job -- yeah, I was working in an aircraft factory then in Weybridge, ah, and I, I got the sack from there because I was a bastard. They-- I was working in a department where we did multi-lith printing, and a new lady came to be in charge. And something happened one day....about my mother. Some conversation that involved my mother being retired. And she said, 'How can you possibly have a mother retired at your age? She could--, she would have been in her fifties when she had you.' And I said, 'Well she was, she's my foster mother.' Well. She then set about finding out that I had been born illegitimate and there was no way she was working with an illegitimate child. And, that we should all be born-- killed at birth because we carried the bad genes and, this Miss Minns insisted that I was removed, and I had to go, because she was the new person, she couldn't work with me because I was illegitimate.